Cardinals RHP Adam Ottavino slated for shoulder surgery

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Adam Ottavino, the Cardinals’ first-round pick in 2006 out of Northeastern, will undergo surgery for what GM John Mozeliak called a “slap tear,” reports the Post-Dispatch’s Derrick Goold.
The procedure to repair the labrum in his shoulder will keep him out for the rest of this year and could sideline him well into 2011. It’s common for pitchers having such a surgery to never regain completely their stuff.
The lone bit of good news for Ottavino is that he was pitching in the majors when he hurt his shoulder, meaning he’ll continue to collect the major league minimum salary and service time for the foreseeable future. The 24-year-old, who debuted for St. Louis at the end of May, had an 8.46 ERA in three starts and two relief appearances for the Cardinals before going down.

Report: Tigers to hire Ron Gardenhire as new manager

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The Tigers are expected to hire Ron Gardenhire as the team’s new manager upon completion of a contract, per Ken Rosenthal and Katie Strang of The Athletic. Gardenhire, 59, spent the 2017 season serving as the bench coach for the Diamondbacks.

Gardenhire managed the Twins for 13 seasons between 2002-14, amassing a 1,068-1,039 (.507) record in the regular season and reaching the playoffs six times.

According to Strang and Rosenthal, Gardenhire was one of 10 candidates to interview with the Tigers. Others included Alex Cora, Mike Redmond, Fredi Gonzalez, Joe McEwing, Hensley Meulens, Dave Clark, and Omar Vizquel. Apparently, GM Al Avila wanted a manager with previous major league managing experience.

The Tigers parted ways with previous manager Brad Ausmus at the end of the 2017 regular season, his fourth year at the helm.